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Sintim Biography

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OVERVIEW
Sintim has been a model of consistency ever since arriving on campus, going on to start his final 48 contests during a 49-game career. He emerged as a pass rushing force during his last two seasons, ranking second in school history with 27.0 quarterback sacks, the 12th-best total on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time record list.

 

CAREER NOTES

Sintim started 48-of-49 games at Virginia, recording 245 tackles (130 solos) with 27.0 sacks for minus 176 yards, 39.0 stops for losses totaling 206 yards and ten quarterback pressures…Deflected three passes, caused five fumbles and recovered three others…His 27.0 sacks tied Darryl Blackstock (2002-04) for second on the school career-record list behind Chris Slade (40.0, 1989-92)…His 39.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank seventh on the Cavaliers’ all-time record list, topped by Chris Slade (56.0, 1989-92), Mike Frederick (50.0, 1991-94), Darryl Blackstock (45.0, 2002-04), Chris Long (45.0, 2004-07), Stuart Anderson (42.0, 1978-81) and Jamie Sharper (41.0, 1993-96)…Sintim’s eleven sacks in 2008 tied Mike Frederick (1993) and Darryl Blackstock (2004) for fifth on the school’s season-record list, ranking behind Chris Slade (15.0 in 1992 and 14.0 in 1991), Patrick Kerney (15.0 in 1998) and Chris Long (14.0 in 2007).

2008 SEASON

Earned All-American honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly…Added second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and All-State first-team accolades from the Roanoke Times…Finalist for the Dudley Award, given to the top collegiate player in the state of Virginia…Earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors vs. Maryland…Started all twelve games at strong-side outside line-backer, ranking third on the team with 70 tackles (38 solos)…Registered a career-high eleven sacks for minus 86 yards, the fifth-best season total in school history…His average of 0.92 sacks per game ranked second in the ACC and tied for ninth in the nation…Totaled thirteen stops for losses totaling 90 yards and had four quarterback pressures…Caused a fumble and recovered two others…Also deflected three passes…On 65 running plays he was involved in, the opposition gained 139 yards (2.14 ypc) with three touchdowns and 19 first downs, as Sintim made 14 third-down stops vs. the ground attack, taking down ball carriers for no gain on six carries…Had 11-of-20 passes in his area completed (55.0%) for 88 yards (8.0 yards per completion/4.4 yards per attempt), one touchdown and four first downs, as he made seven third-down stops and two more on fourth-down vs. The aerial game…Delivered ten tackles inside the red zone, including three on goal-line plays.

2008 GAME ANALYSIS

Southern California…
Sintim opened the season with five tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped halfback Stafon Johnson for a 3-yard gain inside the red zone…Asked after the game about the atmosphere playing in the Rose Bowl and Sintim stated, “It was an incredible atmosphere to play in. Unfortunately we didn’t perform better. Today they were better, and they deserved to win the way they did. This team knows what we can do. Obviously, you never want the outcome to be like it was today, but we will try to use it as a learning experience, and move forward. We need to execute better. Anytime you get your butt kicked like we did today, it is humbling. We know what we have to do, and now we just have to execute.”…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#2-C.J. Gable (6;00-200)- 9 carries/73 yards/1 touchdown/33 long; no receptions.

Richmond…The strong-side linebacker collected seven tackles while assisting on a pair of sacks, as he also recovered a fumble…In the third quarter, he helped sack QB Eric Ward on a third-&-12 snap for a 14-yard loss, forcing Richmond to punt…With 0:12 left in the third frame, he assisted in sacking Ward for a 5-yard loss on a third-&-11 play, causing a fumble that he recovered at the Richmond 18…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#32-Josh Vaughan (6:00-232)-13 carries/52 yards/ 21 long; 2 receptions/2 yards/3 long.

Duke…Sintim had the third multi-sack game of his career, as he also tied his career-high with three sacks for minus 16 yards, adding six tackles (5 solos) with two pressures…The team captain sacked Thaddeus Lewis for minus 14 yards on a third-&-10 snap, bringing out the Duke punting unit late in the first quarter…Later in the second frame, he killed another drive with a 9-yard sack on a third-&-6 play…In the fourth quarter, he dropped Lewis again on third-&-8 for a 3-yard loss, as Duke again punted, as the linebacker returned to the game after leaving the field in the third quarter when he was shaken up on a helmet-to-helmet collision…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#4-Chip Harris (5;10-220)-9 carries/28 yards/10 long; 1 reception/8 yards.

Maryland…The Cavaliers recorded their second shutout in four games en route to a 31-0 victory over the Terps, as Sintim registered seven tackles (6 solos) and broke up one pass…He sacked QB Chris Turner for an 11-yard loss on a third-&-6 snap late in the third quarter, leading to a Maryland punt…Talking to the media after the game about the overall defensive effort, Sintim said, “It was really a great performance. A lot of guys put a lot into it. After last week we were demoralized by our performance and we came out this week and had a better effort; a lot of guys made plays and stepped up. We put a zero up on the board and that’s big. I had a lot of pressures; I guess you could say my mentor (Chris Long) was really helping me out. I was able to get free and a lot of guys helped me out. I was able to get the single block and get free on a couple of quarterback pressures. Maryland is a great team and they have showed that in the last two games they played. We weren’t the favored team but we came out here and performed. Whenever these teams play, you can assume the record is 0-0. We came out here and performed really well.”… Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#23-Da’Rel Scott (5:11-192)-11 carries/36 yards/12 long; 1 reception/16 yards.

East Carolina…Sintim delivered seven tackles (3 solos) and two sacks for minus 14 yards, as he also broke up one pass…He forced ECU to punt with 5:06 left in the game after sacking QB Pat Pinkney for an 8-yard loss on third-&-7…He again sacked Pinkney for minus 6 yards on the Pirates’ next series, causing a fumble that he recovered at the ECU 40…Record Watch-Sintim has been involved in eight sacks this season and now has 24 career sacks, tied with Patrick Kerney (1995-98) for fourth in school history…Also second behind Darryl Blackstock (27 from 202-04) for most sacks by a linebacker in UVa history… Talking about the team’s improvement of the defense over the past two weeks, he replied, “With the loss of Chris Long and Jeffrey Fitzgerald and all those guys, a lot of people didn’t think we’d be able to get as much pressure as we have but the coaches are doing a good job of putting us in the right schemes to make plays. Guys are out there getting a lot of pressure, like Antonio Appleby and John-Kevin Dolce. Dolce is one of the younger guys who has really stepped up and made a big impact on our third down defense. A lot of guys are stepping up to do their part and make this defense special.”…On recording two sacks and a fumble recovery, he noted, “I just want to do whatever I can to help this team out. Whether it’s covering, rushing the passer, or however, I was just able to beat my guy a couple of times today. I just really wanted to step up and be that guy that the team depends on as a playmaker to help this team win.”…On the senior leadership among the linebackers: “Me, Jon Cooper, and Antonio Appleby have been together for quite some time, we have played in this defense for quite some time. We all know what is expected of us and we are expected to lead this team. A lot of guys have been around and we are just trying to be the leaders of this defense. A lot of younger guys are on the defense right now and we are just trying to be the guys who step up and make plays for this defense. We have been able to do that the last couple of weeks.”…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#2-Jonathan Williams (6:01-196)-19 carries/95 yards/1 touchdown/13 long; no receptions .

North CarolinaSintim recorded another sack today, the fourth game in a row he’s had at least one sack. The nation’s leading sack artist at the conclusion of the game, he recorded eight tackles and broke up one pass…He took down QB Cameron Sexton for a 9-yard loss on UNC’s first series of the second half…Talking to reporters after the game about the defensive unit, Sintim noted, “This defense never quits. Today we worked hard for an entire 60 minutes, and it paid off. The resiliency on this team is undying and we work hard to get victories like this one.”….Record Watch-His sack gave him 25.0 for his career, moving to fourth on the school all-time record list…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#20-Shaun Draughn (6:00-205)-30 carries/138 yards/18 long; no receptions.

Georgia Tech…Sintim was in on two sacks, the fifth game in a row he’s been in on at least one sack. His five-game streak is the longest by a UVa linebacker since Darryl Blackstock had a five-game run back in 2002…The team captain leveled QB Josh Nesbitt on third-&-10 for a 3-yard loss to force Tech to punt in the third quarter…Stripped the ball from Nesbitt on a second-&-goal bootleg at the Cavaliers’ 7-yard line, where Virginia recovered the ball later in the third stanza…In the fourth quarter, his third-&-7 sack of Nesbitt again brought out Tech’s punting squad…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#21-Jonathan Dwyer (6:00-228)-17 carries/70 yards/1 touchdown/12 long; 1 reception/9 yards.

Wake Forest…Sintim was in on his 13th sack of the season (9 solos, 4 assisted), the fifth-most in a season in school history…His sack totals are the most ever by a UVa linebacker in a season, as he also added three tackles…He took down QB Riley Skinner on third-&-10 for a 9-yard loss to make Wake Forest punt late in the third quarter…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#22-Brandon Pendergrass (5:09-200)-27 carries/110 yards/1 touchdown/19 long; 1 reception/2 yards.
Virginia Tech…Sintim closed out his career with eight tackles (2 solos) and two pressures, including one on a third-&-1 incomplete pass by Tyrod Taylor with 3:17 left in the first half…Rush Coverage Assignment-HB#32-Darren Evans (6:00-210)-25 carries/72 yards/8 long; 1 reception/7 yards.

2007 SEASON

Sintim started all thirteen games at strong-side linebacker…Finished third on the team with 77 tackles (44 solos), including nine sacks for losses totaling 48 yards…Added three quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles…On 65 running plays he was involved in, the opposition gained 130 yards (2.0 ypc) with nine first down, as the linebacker delivered eight third-down stops vs. the run and stopped opposing ball carriers for no gain on five rushing attempts…The opposition managed to complete just 8-of-32 passes targeted into his area (25.0%), good for 59 yards (7.38 yards per completion/1.84 yards per attempt), with four of those receptions good for first downs, as Sintim made eleven third-down stops vs. the aerial game…Registered seven tackles inside the red zone, including three on goal-line plays…Made at least eight tackles in five games.

2007 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Sintim registered nine tackles (3 solos) vs. Wyoming in the season opener…Added five tackles with a 2-yard sack vs. Duke…Was in on seven tackles (5 solos), including a 5-yard sack in the Pittsburgh clash…Posted six hits (5 solos) vs. Middle Tennessee and four solo tackles, causing a fumble on an 8-yard sack vs. Connecticut…Added two pressures, a 5-yard sack and eight hits (4 solos) in the North Carolina State clash…Was in on ten tackles (4 solos) with a 4-yard sack vs. Wake Forest…Produced eight hits (5 solos) vs. Miami and ten tackles (6 solos) with three sacks for losses of 18 yards vs. Virginia Tech…Sacked QB Graham Harrell in the end zone for a 6-yard loss and safety vs. Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.

2006 SEASON

Recipient of the Cavaliers’ Rock Weir Award, given to the team’s most improved defensive player…Started all twelve games at strong-side outside linebacker, as the sophomore made just 45 tackles (22 solos), but ranked second on the squad with four sacks for minus 18 yards and ten stops for losses of 28 yards…Added two quarterback pressures, as he caused and recovered one fumble.

2006 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Made four tackles with a stop for a 3-yard loss in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh…Had five tackles (4 solos) with two pressures, a pair of sacks and three stops behind the line of scrimmage in the Wyoming clash…Added nine tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Western Michigan, followed by a 5-yard sack and a forced fumble vs. Duke…Totaled nine tackles that included a 9-yard sack and two stops for minus 11 yards vs. Virginia Tech in the season finale.

2005 SEASON

Earned a starting job at strong-side linebacker coming out of spring drills…Recorded 53 tackles (26 solos) in twelve games, ranking fifth on the team…Registered three sacks for minus 24 yards, seven stops for losses of 40 yards and one quarterback pressure…Also caused one fumble…Also played on the punt and kickoff teams.

2005 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Was outstanding in his debut vs. Western Michigan, finishing with five tackles, including two for loss. His first tackle is likely to be one he remembers for a long time, as he sacked quarterback Robbie Haas, causing him to fumble. Kwakou Robinson recovered the fumble to set up UVa’s second touchdown of the game…Had another notable performance vs. Duke with six tackles, including two for loss, and his second sack of the year…Added five tackles vs. Maryland and led the team with seven stops vs. Boston College…Posted three tackles vs. Florida State, Temple, Georgia Tech and Miami and four vs. North Carolina and Virginia Tech…Made seven tackles in the Music City Bowl win over Minnesota.

2004 SEASON

Red-shirted as a freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Gar-Field (Woodbridge, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Jim Poythress…Earned All-American honors from Super Prep as a senior…Named first-team All-State that season, producing 35 tackles and three sacks…Added All-District honors on both offense and defense that season…Also lettered on the school’s basketball team.

PERSONAL

Anthropology major…Son of Doris Bismarck, and Clara and Kofi Sintim…Born Clint Kofi Sintim on 2/21/86 in Fairfax County, Virginia…Resides in Woodbridge, Virginia.


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